August 12 – August 18: Nintendo News Bytes

August 12 – August 18: Nintendo News Bytes

Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News Famitsu is conducting a questionnaire for players of Octopath Traveler. Ghostlight has announced that it will be porting JRPGs to the Switch. New Games, Ports, & Localizations GRIS has been announced for Switch and PC for December. Protoform was announced for 2019. HackyZack was announced for August 23 with a new local co-op mode. Metallic Child has been announced for Switch, PS4, PC, and mobile for early 2019. Gone Home is coming to the Switch on August 23. As rumored, Diablo III: Eternal Collection is coming to the Switch for $59.99, with Zelda-themed bonus content. Road Redemption is co... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 27

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 27

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a look back for the current week at video game anniversaries. Which games released this week in history? Let’s take a look. August 5 – Yoshi’s Island is released. On August 5, 1995, a new platformer was released in Japan. Super Mario World 2: Yoshi’s Island put players in control of Yoshi, carrying Baby Mario, in a world with a hand-drawn graphical style. Yoshi’s Island was a hit and was viewed even more fondly in retrospect, but subsequent Yoshi games haven’t quite lived up to its standard. August 7 – Mega Man Star Force comes to North America. The follow-up to the popular Battle Network series... »

August 5 – August 11: Nintendo News Bytes

August 5 – August 11: Nintendo News Bytes

Now that we’re into August, what will Nintendo bring? This is another week full of Nintendo announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Direct News There was a Super Smash Bros. Ultimate Direct on August 8 at 7 AM PT / 10 AM ET that revealed new characters, new stages and features, and more, along with teasing an unrevealed mode. There will also be a special edition that includes a GameCube controller and adapter. Nintendo Switch News Nintendo Switch Online is set for the second half of September. New Games, Ports, & Localizations The updated Windjammers port is coming to the Switch later this year. An adaptation of the chi... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 26

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 26

Welcome to the latest issue of the Nintendo Time Portal, where we discus Nintendo games released throughout this week in history. Let’s take a look. July 29 – Pokémon Crystal comes to North America. Following a December release in Japan, Pokémon Crystal was released in North America on July 29, 2001. The first game in the series developed specifically for the Game Boy Color, it added new features and content not present in Gold and Silver, and it was the first in the series to let you pick a female protagonist. July 31 – The Game Boy comes to North America. Heading further back then that, however, the original Game Boy came to North America on July 31, 1989. As NintendoR... »

July 29 – August 4: Nintendo News Bytes

July 29 – August 4: Nintendo News Bytes

As we head into August, we have a new week’s worth of Nintendo news to consider. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. Nintendo Switch News New Games, Ports, & Localizations Digimon Survive is coming west in 2019, with an English teaser trailer available now. Bandai Namco has revealed Kamen Rider: Climax Scramble Zi-O for the Switch in Japan. European Conqueror X has been announced for the eShop, to be released this year. After its previously-announced PC release, Rage in Peace will also come to the Switch this fall. Razed is coming to the Switch on October 15. Slice, Dice, and Rice is coming to the Switch this summer in Japan. Moonfall Ulti... »

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 25

Nintendo Time Portal: Issue 25

Welcome back to the Nintendo Time Portal, where we take a trip through video game history and look at the video games that came out this week over the years. Let’s take a look. July 22 – The Thousand-Year Door is released. After the success of Paper Mario, Nintendo and Intelligent Systems followed up with a sequel. Paper Mario: The Thousand-Year Door first came out on July 22, 2004 in Japan. It was a huge success, taking pretty much everything the original did and doing it better. Fans are still waiting for a true successor to it… July 24 – Wario Land: Shake It! is released. On July 24, 2008, Wario Land: Shake It! came out for the Wii in Japan, the first game with the... »

July 22 – July 28: Nintendo News Bytes

July 22 – July 28: Nintendo News Bytes

A new week means another seven days’ worth of Nintendo announcements. Tune in to the Nintendo Chit Chat podcast to learn more about the latest news. We’ll update this post throughout the week. Nintendo Switch News Nintendo has announced a third Nintendo Labo kit, the Toy-Con 03: Vehicle Kit, which will launch on September 14 for $69.99. New Games, Ports, & Localizations The rhythm fighting game Phrasefight is coming to the Switch. Megaton Rainfall is coming to new platforms, including the Switch on August 9. The action-adventure game Incredible Mandy is coming to the Switch in addition to the PC. The rhythm game Cytus is being remade for the Switch as Cytus Alpha. Warlocks II... »

Latest Nintendo Chit Chat Activity

Subsurface Circular (Review)

Subsurface Circular (Review)

Subsurface Circular is an unusual piece of interactive fiction, sort of a cross between a visual novel and a text adventure game. You see the location you’re in–an underground train from which the game gets its title–and the characters present for the scene, but aside from selecting who you’d like to talk to, the gameplay is conducted entirely through dialogue. The game is set in a world where robots known as Teks now co-exist alongside humanity and have taken on many jobs. This theme is key to the story, and it takes a solid look at AI and their interactions with humans (including the idea that humans are predisposed to fear Teks because of how often fiction portraye... »

The Longest 5 Minutes – Nintendo Switch – REVIEW

The Longest 5 Minutes – Nintendo Switch – REVIEW

Product provided by NIS America. The Longest 5 Minutes released on the Nintendo Switch not long ago and I have completed a full let’s play of the game which will be publishing to our YouTube channel later this month. The game is set in a classic 8-bit style setting and features classic RPG game-play. The game starts off however in a very unusual scenario where you, the hero are in a final battle against an evil overlord… aka The Demon King. The problem is you have no idea why you’re there, who you are, or even who you are fighting. This sets up the entire game as you’ll have to unravel all of these questions and gain your memory back. As you regain your memory and com... »

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Review)

Layers of Fear: Legacy (Review)

After our interview with the developers of Layers of Fear: Legacy, they sent us a review code so we could experience this journey through madness. Layers of Fear puts you in the shoes of an artist who returns to his old home to complete the masterpiece he’s been attempting to paint. After a brief exploration of the house, you unveil your canvas and get to work. Simple, right? Not when reality warps the moment you leave the room, and you find yourself in another version of the house as it twists and changes around you. Layers of Fear depicts the artist’s madness through an ever-shifting environment, with imagery that is often symbolic and always surreal. These changes often come i... »

The Darkside Detective (Review)

The Darkside Detective (Review)

After our interview about The Darkside Detective, its developers sent us a review copy so we could see just what this humorous supernatural adventure game was all about. And so, I stepped into the shoes of Francis McQueen, an underpaid and undervalued detective who takes on the weird, supernatural cases that plague the city. Or, more often than not, he stumbles onto them. The Darkside Detective is split into six different cases, each of which is fairly self-contained, but only the first one has the police intentionally put the Darkside Division on the case. McQueen and his partner, Officer Dooley, are usually just in the right place at the right time – or the wrong place at the wrong t... »

One More Dungeon (Review)

One More Dungeon (Review)

One More Dungeon is an unexpected blend of genres, a first-person shooter with pixel art graphics and roguelike dungeon crawling. It tosses you into a dangerous dungeon filled with monsters and challenges you to use melee weapons and ranged magic to explore each floor, defeat the boss, and proceed to the next floor without dying along the way. If you die, you’ll need to start over from the beginning with new procedurally generated environments. One More Dungeon can be brutal. If you don’t take them out quickly, enemies can quickly destroy you, especially if you’re unfortunate enough to encounter a group of them at once. Your magic attacks are quite useful, but with random i... »

Battle Chef Brigade (Review)

Battle Chef Brigade (Review)

After our interview about Battle Chef Brigade, the developers sent us a review copy so we could see just how the different elements of this genre-blending cooking game come together. Any fantasy world filled with monsters needs heroes to defeat them… and in the realm of Victusia, people realized defeated monsters shouldn’t go to waste. As a result, Victusia is home to the Battle Chef Brigade, elite warrior chefs that fight monsters and then prepare them into fantastic dishes. To enter the Battle Chef Brigade, hopeful cooks come from all around to compete in an intense cooking competition. In practice, this presents us with two very different styles of gameplay. First, you’l... »

Earth Atlantis (Review)

Earth Atlantis (Review)

After our interview about Earth Atlantis, Pixel Perfex sent us a review code of the game so we could dive into its post-apocalyptic underwater world and see what it’s all about. The game begins with a quick explanation about how the world is underwater and you must hunt down dangerous monsters, and then it sets you loose. With this premise, you might expect an open world filled with monsters for you to discover and pursue. However, Earth Atlantis is structured more like a Metroidvania, with maze-like passages, upgrades to find, and new sections that open up as you defeat monsters. Only a handful of these bosses are available at a time, so you’ll spend much of your time fighting t... »

An Interview With the Developers of Wulverblade

An Interview With the Developers of Wulverblade

Wulverblade is a side scrolling beat-em-up coming soon for the Nintendo Switch, set in ancient Roman Britain. After watching the trailer for Wulverblade, we got in touch with the developers to learn more about it. Many games opt for a medieval setting, so it’s interesting to see a game like Wulverblade choose 120 AD for its setting. What inspired you to pick this historical setting and premise? Britain’s history goes back many thousands of years yet we rarely see or hear much about the times before Rome had settled here. Our ancient history has always been of interest to me and visiting stone circles and old Roman ruins had always ignited my imagination.  There are so many incredible t... »

An Interview With the Developer of Yono and the Celestial Elephants

An Interview With the Developer of Yono and the Celestial Elephants

When Nintendo showed off the upcoming indie games for the Nintendo Switch, we were captivated by the adorable elephant game called Yono and the Celestial Elephants. We got in touch with Niklas Hallin from Neckbolt to learn more about this game. What inspired you to create Yono and the Celestial Elephants? I have a very specific genre of games that I like, and that I have been analyzing since I was a kid. Over the years I have developed a method for thinking about puzzle design, and it was never really a question what kind of games I would be making. The issue was whether or not I had the skills to do it. After several game projects, some of which have been released, I finally felt that I had... »

An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

An Interview with the Developers of Mulaka

Another game that caught our eye from the upcoming Switch indies was Mulaka, a 3D action-adventure based on the culture of the Tarahumara people. After the Nindies showcase, we got in touch with the developers to learn a little more about Mulaka and what we can expect when it launches in 2018. The description for Mulaka mentions hand-to-hand combat, platforming, and puzzle-solving. How would you describe the core gameplay? What would you compare it to? Mulaka’s gameplay is being designed in a way that appeals to the biggest audience we can because we believe that the stories we’re telling deserve to be heard by many people. The game plays as a 3D action game with equal emphasis o... »

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

An Interview With the Developers of Earth Atlantis

One of the most intriguing upcoming Switch games shown at the recent Nindies showcase was Earth Atlantis, a side-scrolling shooter from Pixel Perfex set in an underwater world. After seeing the trailer, we got in touch with the developer to learn more about the game and spoke with Anucha Aribarg, the director and designer of Earth Atlantis. Earth Atlantis is a side-scrolling shooter that combines arcade-style shooting with “Metroidvania” exploration elements, along with a focus on defeating large enemies in an underwater world. That’s an interesting combination. What were your greatest inspirations for the premise and gameplay? We really like side-scrolling shmups. We played all the classic ... »

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

An Interview With the Developers of Battle Chef Brigade

During the Nindies showcase, we were intrigued by the entertaining concept of Battle Chef Brigade from Trinket Studios. After the presentation, we got in touch with Trinket Studios to learn more about Battle Chef Brigade and its Switch release. Orcs, elves, and humans hunting for ingredients and then showing off their cooking prowess in a sort of fantasy Iron Chef? There must be a story there. What inspired you for the premise of Battle Chef Brigade? We spent quite a long time brainstorming ideas and really struggled to come up with anything that excited us. After one particularly fruitless morning brainstorming session, we started making lunch and turned on the Food Network. We immediately ... »

An Interview With the Developers of The Seashore

An Interview With the Developers of The Seashore

A new indie game has made the Switch one of its primary goals of its Kickstarter campaign, a co-op action platformer called The Seashore from Boomerang Games. We recently got in touch with Boomerang Games to learn a little more about this upcoming game. According to your Kickstarter page, you specifically chose the Switch as a platform for The Seashore because of all the different ways the Switch can handle multiplayer. What do you see as the Switch’s biggest advantage for The Seashore? It goes way back to childhood when my friends and I just adored video games! We played in such hits as Megaman X, Super Castlevania IV, The Legend of Zelda: Link to the Past, Warioland, etc. We have done it e... »

An Interview With the Developer of Quest of Dungeons

An Interview With the Developer of Quest of Dungeons

On August 2, Upfall Studios announced that the turn-based dungeon crawler Quest of Dungeons would be coming to the Nintendo Switch. The Switch version came out in Japan on August 10, and it will be released in other regions in the near future. We got in touch with Upfall Studios to speak with David Amador about Quest of Dungeons and learn more about the Switch version’s new content. Quest of Dungeons was released for many systems previously, including the 3DS and Wii U. Was a Switch version something you had in mind from the moment the console was announced? The Switch was announced around 20 days after the release of Quest of Dungeons on Wii U/3DS, the fact that it was both portable a... »

Shares
Skip to toolbar